Hats and Gloves DonationsPosted 1/30/2020
This February, Hedwig’s Heroes, (the DVS chapter of the Harry Potter Alliance) will be collecting donations of new hats and gloves for, The Sonshine Soup Kitchen. If you would like to help out this great cause please send in donations of new hats and gloves from January 28th-February 19th. There will be a collection box in the front foyer for your donations. Thank you, Mrs. Carey and Mrs. Scheibert.
Derry Public Library / MacGregor Poetry ContestPosted 1/27/2020
Name of the event: MacGregor Poetry Contest
Date: Submissions accepted Feb 1 to March 13, 2020
Email: send submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org
poem must be no longer than 2 pages
submit 2 copies (one without your name/address for anonymity in judging)
no age limit
winning poem to receive $250 cash prize!
NH Teacher of the YearPosted 1/23/2020
A Teacher of the Year candidate should be an exceptionally dedicated, knowledgeable, and skilled classroom teacher from any state-approved or accredited school, pre-kindergarten through grade twelve, who is certified in the State of NH, demonstrates leadership and intends to continue in the teaching profession. The purpose of the program is to select a teacher who is capable of speaking for and energizing the teaching profession, and representing the positive contributions of all teachers statewide. Selecting a Teacher of the Year is an exceptional way to celebrate the many outstanding and dedicated people teaching in New Hampshire schools.
Notes From the Music RoomPosted 1/14/2020
We would like to share with you some of the fun and exciting activities that our students have been involved with this year in music class! Although these are not all of our activities, these are just some of the highlights. Click here for all the details.
Press Release DERRY COOPERATIVE SCHOOL DISTRICT: 2020 PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARYPosted 1/9/2020
Derry, New Hampshire, December 5, 2019: New Hampshire Secretary of State Bill Gardner has set the date for the Presidential Primary for Tuesday, February 11, 2020. There will be no school for Derry Cooperative School District students in Pre-K through Grade 8 on February 11, 2020.
Follett Challenge: Promote Your VideoPosted 1/9/2020
In the library we took the #follettchallenge. Help us take home a share of $200K and vote for Derry Village. Voting opens soon. Stay tuned.
NH Top TeachersPosted 1/8/2020
We are so happy to share that Grade 2 teacher Kelly Gagnon has been awarded one of five NH Top Teachers by Parenting NH Magazine. https://www.parentingnh.com/top-teachers-2019/
Deliberative SessionPosted 1/8/2020
The Derry Cooperative School District budget deliberative session is coming up on Saturday February 8 at 10:00am at West Running Brook. At a deliberative session participants have the opportunity to discuss, debate, and possibly amend the articles on the warrant.
Some RemindersPosted 1/8/2020
Dismissal Changes. This is a reminder that we have a convenient way to make dismissal changes called PickUp Patrol. If you would like to learn more about Pick Up Patrol please call the office 432-1233.
Excused Absence. Generally, absences other than illness during the school year are discouraged. However, the principal is able to grant special approval of absence for family vacations, when written approval was requested in advance. Please make all requests to the principal.
NWEA TestingPosted 1/8/2020
During the month of January your child will take an assessment called Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) for Primary Grades, a computer adaptive benchmark assessment. Families may also be familiar with this as the Northwest Evaluation Assessment (NWEA) for students in Grades 1-5. Although this is not a timed assessment, the reading and math sessions that students will take are approximately 45-60 minutes each.
With MAP results, teachers receive detailed information about students’ strengths and skill areas requiring focus. This data will assist teachers in planning for instruction and for intervention and/or enrichment activities. Please note that MAP results are only one piece of data used to determine where instructional focus may need to shift for either groups or for individual students. In June, along with your child’s report card, you will receive a report detailing his/her assessment results.
NWEA Testing Student Resources. Here are some great resources that you can use regarding NWEA testing. MAP Growth K - 2 https://studentresources.nwea.org/app/k_two/k_to_two.html MAP Growth 2-5 https://studentresources.nwea.org/app/gradetwoplus/gradeTwoPlus.html
Please feel free to call the school if you have any additional questions.
How Cold Is it?Posted 1/8/2020
We continue to have outdoor recess unless the temperature falls below twenty degrees (wind chill is taken into consideration). It is therefore important that proper winter clothing is worn during this time period.
If you would like to check the temperature please refer to the School District webpage. The school will use the “real feel” temperature to determine if students go out for recess.
Thank youPosted 1/8/2020
We would like to thank parents and friends of DVS for the amazing generosity that was shown during our Holiday season. Many of the families here at DVS benefitted from the donations that were given. We have a remarkable community here at DVS.
Lost and FoundPosted 1/8/2020
Please check Lost and Found for missing items. The amount of clothing in our Lost and Found has grown considerably in this cold weather.
After HoursPosted 1/8/2020
Parents are reminded that if you arrive at school after hours and need something from your child’s classroom that you seek out a custodian to escort you to the classroom. Building security is extremely important and this includes after hours visits to classrooms. Thank you for assisting us in this matter.
Parent SurveyPosted 12/8/2019
Good Morning, Yesterday, I sent you all an email regarding the parent survey with the link to complete it. Today, I have attached a letter regarding our student survey. We ask that you read this letter carefully. It asks permission for us to administer the survey to your child. You only need to complete the attached form if you DO NOT want your child to participate. We are changing the date of the survey until after the Holiday break. We wanted to give parents ample time to see the surveys being given. You can find a full copy of the survey on our school website. As always, please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns. Fondly, Melanie Curren, Assistant Principal.
Nurses CornerPosted 1/8/2020
Strep Throat is a sore throat caused by bacteria that is seen throughout the year.
Symptoms may include: a Sore throat, Fever, Tender, swollen neck glands, Headache, Stomach ache, Cold symptoms- runny nose, cough
Wash hands frequently, especially after blowing nose and before food preparation.
Cover mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing
Do not share food and drinks
Wash eating utensils in hot soapy water, use the dishwasher if possible.
If your child shows these signs and symptoms he/she should be seen by a physician. If diagnosed with Strep Throat a student needs to stay home from school for 24 hours after starting antibiotic treatment and until fever free for at least 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medications.
For more information call your school nurse or refer to the NH DHHS fact sheet on Strep Throat and Scarlet Fever. https://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/cdcs/documents/strepthroat.pdf
In health, Mrs. Klardie [School nurse]
Head lice (Pediculosis Capitis)Posted 1/8/2020
With the return to school after winter break and family vacations, this is a reminder that, like many childhood issues, Head lice (Pediculosis Capitis) can be a common occurrence with children. Head lice is not solely a school problem but often is addressed within the school community. These parasites cannot, fly, jump or crawl long distances, and they do not cause illness. They are transmitted from one child to another through direct head to head contact or, much less commonly, by sharing combs, brushes, hats, or bedding, Head lice are not associated with poor hygiene. Lice can happen to anyone.
Parents and family members are often the first to recognize the most common symptom of head lice which is constant itching of the head, particularly behind the ears or at the nape of the neck.
This is a reminder that it is important to check your child’s hair regularly.
Observe for itching of the scalp. If itching is noted…
Carefully examine the hair and scalp of your children and all family members for lice and/or their eggs. Lice are small, the size of a sesame seed and tan or grey and move quickly. Nits (eggs) are small, oval shaped and gray or white in color. Nits are usually firmly attached (glued) to the hair shaft, close to the scalp. It may help to use a magnifying glass to detect them.
Remind your children that the best prevention is to avoid head to head contact with others, keep hair pulled up or braided, and not to use or borrow anyone’s personal accessories like brushes, hats or combs.
If you suspect your child has lice, check with your health care provider, school nurse or pharmacist for instructions on how to treat an infestation. The school nurse will give ongoing support and ensure student confidentiality. If you have treated your child for head lice, please consider informing the parents of your child’s close playmates.
Resources for further information:
NH Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health @ www.dhhs.nh.gov
Communicable Disease Control @ www.cdc.gov
We appreciate all your efforts in helping to control this nuisance. If you have any questions or concerns, please call the school nurse.
Ski ClubPosted 12/2/2019
Students (Grades 2-5) in Ski Club will be going to McIntyre Ski Area, Manchester, NH. The program will be on Mondays and will run for five weeks. Ski Clubs dates begin on January 7 and end on February 11. (No Ski Club on Jan 21). The buses will leave Derry Village after dismissal and return to school at approximately 6:00pm. All students participating will ride to and from McIntyre on the bus provided.
Ski Club “REMIND”Posted 1/8/2020
Have you signed up to use the Remind app? Remind is a communication tool that helps the Ski Club teachers connect instantly with parents. Mrs. Landry can send quick, simple messages to any device alerting parents of cancelations, postponements and even when the bus is returning to school.
If you would like this communication tool, download the free app Remind. To receive messages via text, open the app and Join a Class by texting @4a2k88 to the number 81010.
Trouble using 81010? Try texting @4a2k88 to (603) 635-4067 instead.
Unpaid BalancesPosted 1/8/2020
This is a reminder to families that unpaid cafeteria balances are to paid as soon as possible. If you are having difficulty paying these unpaid balances call the school office to see if you may qualify for free or reduced lunch prices.